Tom Brady keeps 'em guessing on whether he will play Sunday

Tom Brady is staying mum on his status for the AFC championship game after suffering a right-hand injury earlier in the week.

Patriot's QB offers no insight into reported injury, wears gloves to media briefing

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wears gloves as he arrives to speak to the media on Friday, concealing what the team says is an injured right hand. (Bill Sikes/Associated Press)

Tom Brady is staying mum on his status for the AFC championship game after suffering a right-hand injury earlier in the week.

Brady said a bit contentiously only "We'll see" on Friday when asked whether he would play in Sunday's conference title game against Jacksonville.

The quarterback wore red gloves and responded to several other questions about how much he practiced or how he sustained the injury by saying "I'm not talking about that."

Brady is listed as questionable for Sunday after being a limited participant in practice Friday. He was also limited on Wednesday. He sat out practice Thursday, but wore a glove on his injured hand during the stretching period open to reporters. He usually only wears a glove on his non-throwing hand.

Brady appeared on the Patriots' weekly injury report several times during the latter half of this season with injuries to both his Achilles tendon and his left shoulder. The four-time Super Bowl MVP has never missed a playoff start during his 18-year career.

Jacksonville is preparing like Brady will be in the huddle as usual Sunday. Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus said typical methods of rattling a quarterback don't apply when it comes to him.

Jaguars expect Brady to play

"You can hit Brady, but hitting him isn't what's going to get to him. It's constantly being that gnat in his face. He just hates that gnat just always around," said Dareus, who might be more familiar than any Jacksonville player with Brady, having spent six-plus seasons with the Bills.

"You sack him he's going to get up and just keep rolling. He's that competitive spirit, like, 'OK, you got me. Now I'm fixing to go throw this touchdown the next play. Forty yards. You happy about that sack? But there you go.' That's just his mentality. I like it. I love playing against the guy. He's phenomenal to watch."

If for some reason Brady can't go — no, the Earth won't stop rotating on its axis and New England still would show up to play — the Patriots would look to backup Brian Hoyer. His last playoff start was the antithesis of a Brady performance. For Houston in its 2015 AFC wild-card matchup with Kansas City, Hoyer completed 15 of 34 passes for 136 yards, with no touchdowns and five turnovers (four interceptions) in a 30-0 loss.

Hoyer, a former Patriot, was acquired in midseason when the Patriots traded Jimmy Garoppolo to San Francisco.

"I'm always preparing to play because the truth of reality is you never know when your name's gonna be called," he said Thursday.

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